BEIJING — Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police today after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is hardly a bastion of diversity. The Senate is 93 percent white. The Republicans in the House don’t have a single African-American or Asian-American member. And men in both chambers outnumber women 4 to 1.
JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel’s main airport today, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week’s attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.
BRUSSELS — The European Union agreed today to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country’s presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, officials said today.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in a troubled northwestern tribal region before dawn today, and eight security forces and four militants were killed, a government official said.
KIEV, Ukraine — A day after a Malaysia Airlines plane traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the Russian border in eastern Ukraine, the Malaysian transportation minister said he believed the crew bore no responsibility for the deadly flight plan.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza today to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave’s Hamas rulers.
KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down today over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — President Vladimir Putin today lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Gunmen carried out a pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport today, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials said.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip today, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed.
MANILA, Philippines — A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines today after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a million people to flee from its lethal wind and rains, officials said.
MOSCOW — A subway train derailed today deep below Moscow streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of morning rush hour. At least 20 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 150 more were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.
JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas exchanged fire today, throwing into disarray an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire meant to end eight days of fighting. Israel initially accepted the proposal while Hamas rejected it. Under the Egyptian plan, proposed late Monday, a 12-hour period of de-escalation was to begin at midmorning today. Hamas lobbed more than 50 rockets at Israel in the six hours after the suggested period began today, before Israel resumed its offensive. The offer, though, is still on the table and Israel says it will halt its fire if Hamas accepts ...